Chess tournament set

Students in kindergarten through eighth grades at schools in the Kingman Unified School District and Kingman Academy of Learning are invited to participate March 8 in the 15th Annual Kingman Elks Chess Tournament.

"We'll have competition in three divisions," tournament director Rob Findlay said.

"There will be 10 medals for individual play and three team trophies awarded in both the K-3 and grades 4-5 intermediate division, plus one trophy and five individual medals in the middle school division for grades 6-8."

Play at the Elks Lodge on Gates Avenue starts at 8:30 a.m. Every participant will play five games with awards going to top finishers in each division.

A K-8 chess tournament was held in January at Mohave Community College.

It attracted 134 players; numbers he hopes will be comparable for this event, Findlay said.

There is a $4 entry fee. In many cases, school student councils pay that fee for the entrants, Findlay said.

Registration should be accomplished through chess coaches at individual schools.

Trophy Mart in Golden Valley provides awards for players at a good price.

Entry fees usually raise more money than needed to pay for those awards, so anything left over is contributed to the Elks, Findlay said.